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Box with Gabled Cover
Box with Gabled Cover

This square wooden box has a gabled lid, decorated on both sides with small, intersecting, carved circles.

Box

Carding Comb
Carding Comb

A large rectangular comb has a long handle and teeth but is undecorated. Combs of this sort were used to "card," or disentangle the fibers from flax, which was the principal weaving material available in Egypt.

Comb

Clay Sarcophagus
Clay Sarcophagus

A poorly made clay sarcophagus, probably made for a man, as the hair appears to be cut short with small curls.

Cenotaph

Colored Portrait of a Child
Colored Portrait of a Child

This portrait was found on the mummy of a little girl who is shown with a round, sad face. Her hair is short and her eyes are brown.

Portrait

Cosmetic Tools
Cosmetic Tools

Ivory and bone were used to produce various items needed in daily life. Here we have two hairpins with elongated bodies and conical heads.

Cosmetic and Medical Equipment

Decorated Piece of Textile
Decorated Piece of Textile

A piece of cloth decorated with geometrical patterns that consist of large squares framed with arrowheads and containing stylized floral elements arranged in the form of crosses.

Flax and Wool

Decorated Wooden Panel
Decorated Wooden Panel

This wooden panel is dome-shaped at the top .It is decorated with a border of carved interlaced patterns, which look like writing. The piece may have originally been the front of an altar.

Panel

Door Leaf
Door Leaf

This wooden door leaf is inlaid with ivory and ebony; with an inscription in ivory inlay says, "O Kings, raise up Abu Bakr, and raise up the eternal doors to let the King of Grace enter."

Wooden Door

Fragment of a Bible
Fragment of a Bible

A fragment of the Bible containing 32 pages of the New Testament written on parchment.

Written Document

Fragment of a Piece of Cloth
Fragment of a Piece of Cloth

This piece of Kabati woolen cloth is decorated with a human figure and floral patterns. The figure is that of a man with his right hand raised; he appears to be walking.

Wool

Icon of The Three Saints
Icon of The Three Saints

This icon shows three saints, each is wearing a complete set of priestly vestments in addition to a crown. At the top of the icon there is a text in Coptic lettering that gives the names of the three saints.

Icon

Icon of a Saint
Icon of a Saint

This icon shows a saint wearing priestly vestments and a crown on his head; his head is surrounded by a halo. On the upper part of the icon there is a text in Greek script.

Icon

Icon of the Holy Family
Icon of the Holy Family

This icon of the Holy Family shows the Virgin Mary carrying the infant Jesus, Joseph the carpenter is standing on her left.

Icon

Icon of the Last Supper
Icon of the Last Supper

An icon of the Last Supper, in which Jesus Christ is seated at a table as the central figure among the Twelve Disciples. On the table there is a collection of dishes.

Icon

Icon of the Virgin Mary
Icon of the Virgin Mary

This icon shows the Virgin Mary, at her left there is an elderly man with a long beard who is holding his garment in his right hand. A young man is standing at her right; he is making the sign of the cross with his right hand, and bearing a cross on his shoulder.

Icon

Ivory Decoration for Furniture
Ivory Decoration for Furniture

Coptic art produced a lot of decorative elements made of ivory and bone. This collection shows the great Greek influence on Coptic art in its early stages.

Furniture Decoration

Kohl Stick Decorated with the Head of a Cobra
Kohl Stick Decorated with the Head of a Cobra

The stick with the head of a rearing cobra was made to apply kohl, an eye paint used to enhance beauty and protect the eyes.

Kohl Equipment

Large Bowl
Large Bowl

Large shallow pottery bowl containing bread and persea tree branches, from the tomb of Kha.

Plate

Manuscript of the Martyrdom of Pope Boutros
Manuscript of the Martyrdom of Pope Boutros

This part of a manuscript tells about the martyrdom of the Alexandrian Pope Boutros in the Coptic language.

Parchment

Mask of Anubis
Mask of Anubis

This mask represents the head of the black jackal, Anubis, the god of cemetery and mummification. It was worn by the priest who was responsible for the embalming during the process of mummification.

Mask

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